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This profile was last updated on 5/19/14  and contains information from public web pages.
Local Address:  Sun Valley , Idaho , United States
Allerton Cushman & Co.

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Web References / Gem Library / Columns / Madagascar Guide / Sapphires From Madagascar, 19 May 2014 [cached]
In the mean time, Tom Cushman of the "Allerton Cushman & Co. Precious Stones" closed his jewelry store in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. His logo now waves over his shop in Ilakaka and on it is written "Maison Blanche" (The White House). "It is a dangerous game here! Tom says. "Not long ago someone from Sri Lanka made a miscalculation. He bought a stone for US$ 15,000 and when he tried to cut it the stone broke into pieces".
International Colored Gemstone Association Congress, Rio de Janeiro, diamond industry, 7 May 2011 [cached]
Speakers also note the value of local education and training in gem identification and cutting to add value downstream, citing Madagascar as an example in the establishment and successful growth of a lapidary school and gemological laboratory, spearheaded by the country's ICA ambassador, Tom Cushman.
Gem News From Pala International, 1 June 2009 [cached]
A ban on Madagascar mineral product exports-imposed following the display of a 536-kg emerald-on-matrix specimen last year-has been lifted as of July 17, as stated in a press release issued August 14 by Tom Cushman, International Colored Gemstone Association Ambassador to Madagascar.
Merci from, 9 April 2006 [cached]
Tom Cushman of Allerton Cushman
Madagascar Gem Production Struggles for Normalcy, 8 April 2003 [cached]
"There's nobody buying stones so there's nobody digging stones," said Tom Cushman of Allerton Cushman & Co., Sun Valley, Idaho, who left for a six-week buying trip to Madagascar in early July, three days after hearing that gas was back at the pumps."I bought a little of this and a little of that-there wasn't that much of anything to buy.The greatest impact on the market is that there's been a break in the pipe, a six-month absence of material."
However, Cushman did come across a source for nice rose quartz-colored morganite, the pink beryl named after wealthy 20th-century financier and gem lover J.P. Morgan.The gem has never been available in massive quantities, but Cushman said that the find, which comes from a pegmatite in the Fianarantsoa district of south-central Madagascar, looks like a promising source for attractive, gem-quality "peachy" stones that turn pink after exposure to sunlight.
On his next trip to the island in mid-November, he'll be buying for the upcoming Tucson gem shows.Despite the willy-nilly style of doing business in Madagascar-where miners will strike deals with backers but will then turn around and sell their goods "sideways" to get a better price-Cushman is confident that the market for his transparent, well-crystallized morganite will come around.
If what Harry Winston is doing is any indication, then Cushman might just be on to something.The venerable Fifth Avenue jeweler has just introduced a more affordable collection called Twelve to Twilight, which includes a cocktail ring with a morganite center-stone paired with chocolate diamond accents.
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